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Dale The Ram

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    Dale The Ram reacted to LeedsCityRam in Reasons To Be Cheerful - Part Three   
    Totally agree with the OP. Last night was our first 'proper line up' with the midfield we've been waiting for since Bielek signed & the signs looked promising. With the truncated pre-season & a new manager onboard, it was always going to be a slowish start but theres a good team waiting to fire here.
    Although I totally agree Forest shouldnt be a consideration, some fans will judge Derby based on the treetards' short term pick up. Is important that the many who back Project Cocu continue to preach patience. Leeds away next up might not be pleasant but come Christmas, we'll be in the mix.
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    Dale The Ram reacted to Wolfie20 in Reasons To Be Cheerful - Part Three   
    ....and a lot of fans - including me - don't care a toss how Forest are doing - only the Rams matter
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    Dale The Ram reacted to Bob The Badger in Reasons To Be Cheerful - Part Three   
    I know a lot of people are down on the Rams and the job Cocu has done, but I’m not one of them.
    I think it’s really important to understand and accept the steep learning curve he and his staff were, and still are, going through. 
    He’d never played, nor managed in English football, and he was walking into a dressing room full of players I doubt he’d ever seen play live before the speculation started - I’m presuming he watched a lot of film when it looked like he was coming - but that’s not the same.
    I’ll not get into the Frank leaving debacle and who is, or isn’t, to blame, but that surely didn’t help matters. Neither did having players like Shinnie imposed on him.
    I got shot down for saying I thought we were lucky against Huddersfield and that I thought the defense were exposed down the flanks way too often. 
    If their strikers hadn’t been so profligate we could have lost that game after two world-class goals from Lawrence.
    I think that win was a blessing and a curse because of what it did to supporters expectations.
    but, it is what it is and I’d rather have the 3-points.
    Since then we have played some dreadful football, but other than at Brentford (and those games happen, think Villa last year and Sunderland at home 2 or 3 yard ago) - we have also played some nice free-flowing football.
    At times you can clearly see what Cocu is building even if at other times you want to scream, ‘get it forward’.
    It’s light years ahead of Rowettball irrespective of the results.
    Similarly, we got result under the poison dwarf, but jeez it was uglier than a warthog licking urine off a nettle at times.
    I asked a few times before he broke through, what the deal with Max Lowe was, but nobody seemed to know.
    It seemed like Derby wanted him away. For that reason and that reason only, we could see the Bogle injury as a bonus in months to come because it pushed Lowe into the fray.
    He’s young and raw and he’s playing on the wrong side, but the signs are promising.
    Wednesday was the first time I was happy with Cocu’s team selection. Sure Malone was in, but he is a threat going forward and I thought he had one of his better games.
    Dowell has bothered me a LOT. I’ve a good friend who’s an Everton diehard and he raves over him.
    I’ve seen nothing.
    NOTHING.
    I know Tomori and Wilson took time to settle in, but there were signs before they started to play with consistency. 
    As I say, I liked the team. Clarke isn’t the Mark Wright-lite that I thought may be the case and his inability to use his right leg concerns me at times, but when he bothers to, he can bring the ball out with pace and threat.
    You’d not describe either him or Keogh as quick, but they are bothy long striders and can ghost past players that may seem faster with surprising ease at time - the Leeds goal was a classic example of that.
    And Biliek, I mean come on?
    I posted in the game thread that I think we can put to bed any talk of where his best position is.
    Without playing brilliantly he showed touches and moments where you can clearly see the potential to be a stand out player - at least in this division.
    I’m going to repeat something that I posted after the game - I think this team is close to being good.
    We absolutely need Bogle back and Lowe on his natural - but those two alone will terrorize a lot of championship defenses.
    Bogle could be that Igor spark that somebody mentioned last night
    Unlike many, I also think Huddlestone is playing well. The problem is that he hits a lot of balls that many players on’t attempt and when they go awry it looks awful.
    I do think he’s a calming influence and that moment he brought the ball out when we were under intense pressure last night was pure class.
    Roos otoh, is anything but a calming influence and  worries me more than any other player. 
    He’s punching way too often and that is either because he lacks confidence in his handling, or he’s learned bad technique. There was one cross last night that I with me with my dodgy achilles and girl sized hands could have caught while simultaneously scratching my nut sack.
    I’ll not dwell on that though because I see us as becoming more  and more attack minded and the opposition can’t score from their own half. 
    Unless that is, you have Wayne Rooney in your team (see the goal he scored against Orlando City this season).
    I’m not a  wrist-slasher and I’m not a happy clapper - I try to be objective when I can. 
    But, I rarely have this level of confidence. I could look like a fool come next May and be gently retreating from the board hoping nobody will notice, but I think we could be on the cusp of something pretty exciting.
    If that is, Cocu can stick to the plan, find his best team  and get everybody fit. And the supporters let him breath.
    And on that note and a final note. I thought the fans were brilliant last night. You all deserve a pat on the back because nobody would have complained if PP had been like an undertakers office on their day off.
    Come on you Rams, to Leeds and beyond!
    PS. Don't be confused that there was no Part 1 and 2, it was just an Ian Dury hat tip for those of you old enough to remember.
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    Dale The Ram reacted to Ambitious in Middlesbrough to sue the EFL over Derby's Stadium Purchase   
    Amazing. Middlesbrough, who had a higher wage bill than us, are throwing their toys out of the pram due to our overspending. You couldn’t make it up. 
    It’s arguably one of the most bitter moves in the history of the English game, and I’m actually glad we’re at the heart of it. 
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    Dale The Ram reacted to philmycocu in Middlesbrough to sue the EFL over Derby's Stadium Purchase   
    Why is Gibson so jealous that our identical stadium is situated in a prime industrial location, whilst there's is in a cesspit. Not our fault yours is worth nowt so you can't buy it! Grow up.
    Location. Location. Location.
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    Dale The Ram reacted to Sean in England v Kosovo   
    Spent a night in Pristina on a trip across the Balkans a few years back, ended up in a nightclub with a distinct Albanian mafia vibe drunk out of my mind. 10/10 highly recommended!
    Kosovo look good for the Euros and could shock a few people there I think.
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    Dale The Ram reacted to Alpha in England v Kosovo   
    That was good! 
    I kinda like Kosovo a bit. They play brave stuff when they're not fancied and they gave us Rita Ora I think. 
    Been looking for a cheap holiday and I think this could scratch an itch
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    Dale The Ram reacted to DarkFruitsRam7 in England v Kosovo   
    Why are you saying that after his first failed attempt in 14?
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    Dale The Ram reacted to Andicis in England v Kosovo   
    Sterling is some player.
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    Dale The Ram reacted to Shuff264 in England v Kosovo   
    This front three is quality, Sterling especially.
    Sancho with huge potential, credit to him sacking off City to go and play football. Should be able example to many.
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    Dale The Ram reacted to Wolfie20 in England v Kosovo   
    To coin a phrase
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    Dale The Ram reacted to SouthStandDan in England v Kosovo   
    How the hell hasn't Bucko got an England cap yet Michael Keane couldn’t take his place in the Derby side.....
    Hail King Bucko! 😎😎
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    Dale The Ram reacted to Van der MoodHoover in England v Kosovo   
    If anything grates about Southgate it’s that he does seem to be inconsistent with how ruthless he is at rotating.
    certain positions eg right back he’s happy to swap Trent for walker for trippier but then others seem immovable despite not seemingly achieving much.
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    Dale The Ram reacted to Andicis in England v Kosovo   
    At least Trent and Sancho start today. But Rice over Winks and Barkley over Maddison is still questionable.
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    Dale The Ram reacted to Carnero in Ex-Liverpool owner in bid to buy Derby County   
    Jim White has just said "forget it, it's nonsense" when discussing reports of this deal.
    He's quite well in with Mel these days, so we can probably put this one to bed.
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    Dale The Ram reacted to cheron85 in Ex-Liverpool owner in bid to buy Derby County   
    Can't see any suggestion Morris wants rid of the club - Interviews with Talksport all suggested he was as committed to the club as ever
    However, having bought the ground he'd stay part of the club whatever happens - I like the fact that it safeguards the club a little from any future dodgy owners cos they'll still have Morris around as a fan looking after the best interests
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    Dale The Ram got a reaction from MikeS in EFL order independent valuation of Pride Park   
    We should all find out when this valuation will take place.
    Borrow all of the artefacts from Derby Museum to bump up the price 
     
    The mummy would probably be more mobile than Huddlestone👀
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    Dale The Ram got a reaction from ThePrisoner in EFL order independent valuation of Pride Park   
    We should all find out when this valuation will take place.
    Borrow all of the artefacts from Derby Museum to bump up the price 
     
    The mummy would probably be more mobile than Huddlestone👀
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    Dale The Ram got a reaction from Ted McMinn Football Genius in EFL order independent valuation of Pride Park   
    We should all find out when this valuation will take place.
    Borrow all of the artefacts from Derby Museum to bump up the price 
     
    The mummy would probably be more mobile than Huddlestone👀
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    Dale The Ram reacted to Ambitious in The Derby way   
    The split in wages for coaches and players isn't applicable to us, or P&S (FFP). 
    It was something that was taken out of context regarding the rules in league one and two which are completely different to the Championship. I believe they do have to adhere to a salary cap, of sorts, in which case any player/coach has their salary split 50/50. It''s to avoid anyone trying to offset their wage bill by saying they earn X amount for coaching and Y amount for playing. 
    We pay Rooney, if rumours are to be believed, £100k-a-week - £5.2m a year. We can't hide away from that fact. However, the income into the club will have increased, again if rumours are to be believed, £80k-a-week - £4.16m a year. All from 32Red. When Rooney is here, I imagine that our tariffs for sponsorship will go up and the amount of sponsors we have will increase, which should make us a tidy little profit. The issue is that if we're slap bang mid-table or lower then it will be a running joke which will no doubt impact the growth we could make from the deal. 
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    Dale The Ram reacted to Carnero in Academy Thread 19/20   
    Thank goodness it was split regionally, rather than us being in pot 3 with such faraway possible destinations such as Scotland, Ireland and France 🙄
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    Dale The Ram got a reaction from AdamRam in The Derby way   
    Yes but my original comment  was that he is only getting £8.5k a week to PLAY football
    £17k a week is a small number at this club
    Its whats been reported, you asked me where I got my figures from and I told you 🤨
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    Dale The Ram got a reaction from RoyMac5 in The Derby way   
    Yes but my original comment  was that he is only getting £8.5k a week to PLAY football
    £17k a week is a small number at this club
    Its whats been reported, you asked me where I got my figures from and I told you 🤨
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